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The best place to connect with startup founders

July 3rd – July 5th, Cologne, Germany

"The craziest startup conference"

Back to the roots

PIRATE Summit started in 2011 as a true grassroots entrepreneurship conference with the focus on connecting startup founders. It has grown significantly, as has the number of startup events. Thus, we decided this year to refocus PIRATE Summit. Essentially, we return back to its roots (read about all the changes).

If you are looking to connect and learn from likeminded founders or are looking for capital/early stage startups, then PIRATE Summit is for you.

It will be ARRR!

3 Days of ARRR

Day 1 – July 3rd

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Day 2 – July 4th

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Day 3 – July 5th

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Day 1 – July 3rd

Are you currently helping a local startup ecosystem grow? Are you organizing startup events and growing a community? Then you should apply to attend our Movers & Shakers Summit to benefit from meeting other key players from startup ecosystems to learn and connect. 

At 6pm we’ll officially open PIRATE Summit 2018. And we are going to do so with a huge PIRATE BBQ, drinks and plenty of opportunities to connect with all participants on the first evening.

Day 2 – July 4th

One full day of PIRATE Summit 2018 followed by the burn and the crazy party. Everything will happen in Odonien.

Day 3 – July 5th

We’ll start the day off with a huge hangover breakfast for all participants – in Odonien. Trust us, you’ll need that one 😉

Afterwards we’ll organize several topic journeys through the Cologne startup ecosystem. The topics aren’t fixed yet, but expect things like AI, Blockchain etc. The idea is to connect, learn and work in small groups of like-minded people.

And we are introducing a new format, which we call PIRATE Off-The-Record. This event is strictly for selected startup founders.

Schedule

Jun 26, 2019
Jun 27, 2019
Jun 28, 2019
7:30 AM
8:00 AM
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:00 PM
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
9:30 PM
10:00 PM
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
11:30 PM
12:00 AM
Left
Right
6/26/19
6/27/19
6/28/19
Beergarden
Campfire Tent 1 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 2 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 3 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 4 - Lower Deck
Odonien
Beergarden
Campfire Tent 1 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 2 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 3 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 4 - Lower Deck
Captain's Deck
Crow's Nest - Masterclass
Digital Health Village
Engine Room - Clinics
Gunroom
Lower Deck
Odonien
Beergarden
Campfire Tent 1 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 2 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 3 - Lower Deck
Campfire Tent 4 - Lower Deck
Crow's Nest - Masterclass
Engine Room - Clinics
Lower Deck
Odonien
Office Tour 1
Office Tour 2
Office Tour 3
Tech Entrepreneurship under Occupation. Meet Palestinian Innovators!
Victoria Wenzelmann
Using peer groups - to learn the hard important stuff
Salim Virani
Using peer groups - to learn the hard important stuff

If we're being honest, the topics covered in most startup programs aren't so compelling. (I'm happy to be first to fall on my sword, as the founder of Leancamp and Founder Centric, which created curricula for the first accelerators... ) The reality is that most founders are too busy to sit through the same-old workshops - they have a business to run.

When I was invited to teach entrepreneurship in Africa for the first time, I was asked to go with the typical business model canvas, go-to-market stuff. What African engineering founders needed to know was how to build rural distribution networks, how to get deals with big brands to establish credibility, how to prepare a product launch knowing the copy-cats will kill your profit in 6 months. We didn't have the answers, but we knew local entrepreneurs did.

So over the last 5 years, we've developed a bunch of peer learning approaches we're happy to share, and we're starting a club for people who do peer learning so we can all learn from each other. (That's at source.institute/citizens if you want to sign up.)

What will we do in this session?
1. A quick tool we made to help self-assess our learning environment to know what to improve next.
2. We'll all share our challenges
3. For there, we can cover everything from formats, to program design techniques, to facilitation skills to run your own group.

We'll do this interactively, actively working our own challenges, sharing, giving feedback....

Time
6/27/19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CEST)
Location
Campfire Tent 3 - Lower Deck
Speakers
The Pirate's Mind Hack
Martina Dopfer
The Pirate's Mind Hack

During the workshop, we meet and tune in to the past days at the Pirates. Instead of leaving this great venue with a full mind, we reflect on the experiences of the past days and clarify, what it is we take away from it. Along 6 mind hacks based on the methods of the mindful REBELS, Martina, the Chief Mindful REBEL, will guide us through 6 mind hacks. Using those hacks will facilitate 1) letting go of thoughts 2) conceptualizing the impressions of the event 3) prioritizing impulses for action 4) letting go of limitations 5) visualizing milestones and 6) going ahead. Let’s see how mindfulness supports strategic action after a great Pirates conference. Short Bio Dr. Martina Dopfer has founded The Mindful Rebels together with Boris Behringer. The Rebels offer 8-week mindfulness journeys for employees, teams, and firms. During those unique learning journeys participants learn and experience easy mindfulness techniques. They learn how to apply them to their daily lives in order to use the chances that come with the digital transformation and the new work era. Martina talks about mindful living in her podcast LebensLiebe, she is a yoga- and mindfulness teacher and coaches startups in Berlin. Her know-how on innovation, startups and business models bases on 10 years of experience in the Berlin startup scene. She also worked as consultant and in innovation management for firms like Deutsche Telekom or Daimler. She received her PhD, which she wrote on startup business model development, from the University of St. Gallen. mindfulrebels.com // martina.dopfer@mindfulrebels.com

Time
6/28/19, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CEST)
Location
Crow's Nest - Masterclass
Speakers
Offsite Journey B - Next Kraftwerke & SoSafe
Niklas Hellemann, Jochen Schwill
Offsite Journey B - Next Kraftwerke & SoSafe

We’ll take you to visit Cologne’s most successful startups in their own offices for a look behind the scenes.
Bus transfer will leave at 1:30pm in front of the Odonien.
Lunch will be provided at the offices.
The tour will end at 5pm, drop off at Friesenplatz, Cologne.

1. Stop - 2:00 pm - Next Kraftwerke
To us renewables do not per se equate with unpredictability. On the contrary, as
specialists for short term trading, Next Kraftwerke makes the flexibility of renewables a
profitable asset. As a result, our VPP has become a serious player for balancing the grid
and is gradually taking over the role of traditional power plants. This is particularly
important since our power grids were built for traditional power plants. The influx of
distributed and fluctuating renewable energies into this system poses a challenge.
However, renewables can answer this challenge themselves. Next Kraftwerke’s Virtual
Power Plant interconnects different types of renewables and flexible power consumers so
that each unit supports the other: The wind calms and, thus, the wind farm isn’t producing
any power? The biogas plant takes over its role. No sunshine? A Combined Heat and
Power (CHP) unit pitches in. Thus, Next Kraftwerke finds solutions to some of the key
challenges of transforming the global energy system towards renewable energies. In
addition to that, through Next Kraftwerke small-scale power plants can participate at the
control reserve markets in the first place.

2. Stop - 3:30 pm - SoSafe
Wait? Layer 8? Why people are the most important factor in Cyber Security
Most of the prominent hacks on famous companies like logistics firm Maersk, German tech media house Heise Media or even the US Democrats started with a phishing mail. Hence, people-based Cyber Security measures gain substantial importance. But how do employees become the human firewall of a company? How can startups and small companies realize affordable but comprehensive Cyber Security training? Dr. Niklas Hellemann from Cologne-based SoSafe GmbH presents current findings from cognitive psychology and learning theory and their implications for modern security awareness and training programs - mixed with lively anecdotes and application tips from practice as well as data stories from their own phishing simulation projects for various types of companies.

Time
6/28/19, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM (CEST)
Location
Office Tour 2
Speakers

Who Joins

Startups

Founders & CxOs

Investors

Business Angels, VCs, Accelerators

Corporates

C-Level Managers, Senior Executives

1200+

PARTICIPANTS

60+

STARTUP PITCHES

70+

NATIONALITIES

250+

INVESTORS

3

DAYS

50+

EXPERT SESSIONS